Work to Consider

Landscaping and horticulture

An overview of job opportunities in landscaping and horticulture in the GTA, with discussion of different occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking and licensing requirements; training programs available; questions to help determine if this seems like good work for a particular individual; comments about seasonality, the impact of inclement weather, hiring periods during the year; job boards commonly used, a recommendation to learn work-specific terminology; and questions to ask at a job interview.

Sewing

An overview of job opportunities in sewing in the GTA, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; training programs available; and stories in the media.

Early Childhood Care and Education

An overview of job opportunities and self-employment in early childhood care and education in the Province of Ontario, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; licensing and training requirements; and training programs available.

Hairstylist

An overview of hairstyling, including as a barber, in the Province of Ontario, with discussion of occupations in this sector; types of employers; expected compensation; English speaking requirement; compulsory licensing and requirements and process to become licensed; opportunity for newcomers with evidence of sufficient prior international experience to proceed directly to the qualifying exam; training programs available; and links to stories in the media.

Tips & Leads

Women’s clothes available for professional job interviews

A challenge for many newcomer women is to have the right clothing to wear to job interviews and, once hired, for their new work environments. Dress for Success is an organization that seeks […]

Work Considerations for Newcomers with Disabilities

This post discusses work considerations and employment support for newcomers who have disabilities, whether unemployed or underemployed.

Jobs with Limited English: Tips and Advice for Newcomers

It can be challenging for newcomers to find meaningful work in Canada. The ability to communicate in English (or French, for those settling in Quebec) will be one of the most important contributors to success. It will affect the chances of being hired, of being promoted, and of being certified or licensed in many fields.

Searching for Jobs Online

Job boards Online job boards are search engines designed to filter through job openings. They can be very useful to gather information about companies that are hiring, the roles they are seeking to […]

Where to begin

When and what to talk about, including: pre-arrival, within a sponsorship group; and with the newcomer soon after arrival; when formulating a plan; when preparation for a job search begins; and after a first hire.

Applying for a job

This article focuses on the process of looking for work in a specific sector or occupation or applying for a specific job. It will be most useful in cases where a newcomer is not using an employment service. It covers opening the door through a connection; resume preparation; cover letters; LinkedIn profiles; resume tailoring; online search engines/job boards; applying by email or online; job fairs; knocking on doors/Applying on-site; researching the employer; labour market information; job interviews; and following up interviews.